The best fashion boutiques around the British isle.
London the fashion capital of the world is surrounded with amazing boutiques of designers all around. Competition is massive among all, but they stand out on their own. Creativity is not only in their designs but in everything involved to sell their merchandise, which has increased competition. Here we bring an insider guide of the most stylish fashion shops around the British isle.
1. The Hambledon in Winchester
Attica,Newcastle-upon-tyne In a cobbled alley behind High Bridge this excellent vintage store stocks everything from embroidered Victorian blouses to 1950s ball-gowns. Their bestselling items right now are faux-fur jackets and retro ski jumpers.
2. Anna, Saffron Walden
|In this wooden-beamed boutique in the quaint Essex town you'll find excellent scarves by Lily and Lionel, dresses by Diane von Furstenberg and Anna's own brand of clothing and accessories. Other branches outside London can be found in Burnham Market, Bury St Edmunds, Harpenden and Holt..|
3. Bird, Rye
A welcome addition to East Sussex, this pretty boutique stocks high-end fashion from classic to quirky pieces hard to find outside London. Eley Kishimoto has a loyal following (hot favourite this season is the leopard-print silk blouse) as do Wildfox T-shirts.
4. Black White Denim, Wilmslow
Doing just what it says on the tin - selling only black, white or denim garments - this swish Cheshire store is only a year old but has already secured exclusive designs from British luminaries such as Richard Nicoll and Preen Collection. Loyal customers love the shop for its slick edit of Acne, Carven and L'Agence.
5. Bibi, Salcombe
|This French-feel boutique in Devon sells several European brands such as Dave Burger, American Vintage and Isabel De Pedro. Particularly well known for its great French leather jackets.|
6. Collen & Clare, Southwold Get the contemporary country look with a fine selection of Barbours and Hunters as well as bags, Acne jeans, Penelope Chilvers's fabulous boots and scent by Annick Goutal.
7. Cricket, Liverpool Thanks to the conspicuous consumption of footballers' wives in this store during the noughties, Cricket is now a byword for luxury labels. Currently flying out of the shop are Isabel Marant's suede-fringed knee-length boots and Celine leather trim tops - 9 Cavern Walks, Mathew Street .
|The original Scottish boutique, which is 30 years old this autumn, has now spawned eight further branches - in Scotland, Belfast and as far south as Leicester - offering sleek international brands such as Lanvin and Alexander McQueen and diffusion lines including MW Matthew Williamson and Red Valentino.|
|Issa, Alice Temperley and Helmut Lang can all be found at Csee in Surrey. Flared 1970s-style jeans and bell-sleeved blouses are proving popular this season, as are Rick Owens's suede wedge over-the-knee boots - 'sexy and wearable.|
|People will travel miles to go to Emporium Kalu in County Kildare, with its fairy-tale, French-influenced interiors. Favourite labels include Nicole Farhi, Vivienne Westwood and Jenny Packham. New for this season are the London designers Giles and Maria Grachvogel.|